Research Engineer, AIR Hub

Melbourne, Australia
Academic Level A - $87,000-$94,000 with 17% super
10 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub)
  • Full time position until end of Dec 2023 at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A - $87,000-$94,000 with 17% super

About the Role 

An exciting opportunity has become available to take part in the Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub), which is a world-class collaboration between Australian aerospace industry leaders and research partners. Led by Swinburne University of Technology, the AIR Hub drives transformation of the aerospace sector in Australia by reinforcing the Australia’s pre-eminent position in advanced composites manufacturing for civil aerospace projects and accelerate development of composites manufacturing for integrated structures and airframes in eVTOL urban passenger, cargo and aeromedical air vehicles. 

We are seeking an outstanding Research Engineer, AIR Hub to undertake applied engineering work in the fields of:

  • Advanced composites, 
  • Intelligent manufacturing processes, 
  • Design and digitalization in aerospace structures. 

As the Research Engineer, AIR Hub, you will play a key role in supporting the delivery of demonstrator projects applying research to real world aerospace challenges. The output of the Research Engineer, AIR Hub will showcase automated composites manufacturing and, through digitalisation, model-based engineering and design and development process improvement for industry partners. In particular, the successful candidate will be expected to provide expertise in mechanical design of tooling and thermal modelling of the oven heating systems used by industry partners for composite cure during the manufacturing process. You will also participate in aircraft and UAS design activities, including aircraft conceptual design and performance analysis. This position plays a key supporting role in ensuring delivery and best practice engineering.

This expertise will also be required for supporting the research and experimentation / testing on specific products and deliverables. You will be an expert in the latest tools and systems for digitalisation as well as knowledgeable in the aerospace industry, its materials and manufacturing processes and support heavily on work associated with the Industry 4.0 Testlab.  As a natural collaborator you will effectively work with industry partners, research partners and internal Swinburne team members to ensure delivery of demonstrator project and develop excellent relationships across the AIR Hub supply chain including service, material and equipment suppliers. 

This role will report to the respective Project Leader the Research Engineer, AIR Hub is assigned but will be required to work to the Director, AIR Hub supporting project proposals and concepting.

About You  

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods including a background in analysis
  • Interest in Aerospace
  • Experience with handling research data including good practise record keeping and database management.
  • Previous research assistant experience


A degree in Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position. 

To review the Position Description and to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

If you are viewing this advert from an external site, please click ‘apply’ and you will be redirected to Swinburne’s Jobs website to access the Position Description at the bottom of the page.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday 26 March 2023, 11.00pm 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact inclusion@swin.edu.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant (#LI-SW)